A Day of Firsts

It’s not every day you find your core muscles again, relax in bubbles, conquer a kitchen appliance and bake the perfect holiday cookies. Saturday was that day.

I started my morning with a half hour core workout class at my YMCA. I’ve been building my core through swimming, spinning and planks, but yesterday was the first time since pilates that I truly focused on my abs with crunches and leg lifts. Let’s just say that I am feeling every inch of my core today and I am inspired to do some moves of my own every day – I’ll let you know how that goes…

After some more time at the gym and a long walk in the beautiful February Bay Area weather, I found myself with some time before my next weekend activity. I needed to shower off the lovely apres gym smell and decided to draw a bath instead of my run of the mill shower. I got the bubbles going, I set up my laptop so I could watch a little netflix and enjoyed the time to myself reclining in the tub. The tub might have to become a weekend ritual.

Once I was all clean I was off for an afternoon of kitchen adventures, including mastering a pressure cooker. Have you ever tried one of these? Well we had not and Mr. Pressure Cooker almost won.

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But despite a slight malfunction the meal was saved.

After the intense pressurized experience we decided to move to more familiar kitchen tools and turned to baking Purim cookies – hamantaschen!

It was our first time and they came out beautifully and sooooo delicous!

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees

4 c flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 c sugar
Mix together.
1 cup margarine
4 egg yolks
1 whole egg
1/4-1/2 c pineapple juice
Cut in margarine into flour mix. add egg yolks and egg. add juice. Mix all together and then roll out dough to a 1/4 inch thickness. Then use a glass or cookie cutter to cut out circles.
Place a teaspoon of filling (jam, preserves) or sprinkling of chocolate chips, nuts…
To shape into triangle, lift up right and left sides, leaving the bottom side down and bring both sides up to meet the center above the filling.  Lift bottom side up to meet the other two sides.
Brush the tops of the cookies with egg and then bake for 20 minutes.

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A successful day of firsts.

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